On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS), the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center offered a webinar on the key elements of comprehensive, all-hazards school emergency management for superintendents. This webinar provided provide a brief overview of the four phases of school emergency management (Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery) as well as the critical components and processes of school emergency management, specifically as it relates to the role of the superintendent. This webinar provided necessary information to help build capacity; in particular, participants learned more about how comprehensive, all-hazards plans are developed, implemented, and enhanced at both the district and school building level. Immediately following the presentation was a question and answer session, and a quick digest on how to access more information and resources.
The webinar was presented by Mr. Larry Borland who is currently serving as Chief of Security and Transportation Services for Academy School District 20 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Mr. Borland has been a school security chief for 18 years, having previously served with the Douglas County School District and Colorado Springs Public Schools. He was also the Manager of Fiscal and Support Services for the Colorado Springs Police Department from 1984-1995, and a sergeant for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department from 1979-1984. Mr. Borland is also a consultant and conducts training nationwide for principals and other administrators on managing school emergencies and school safety issues. Mr. Borland also serves on the advisory board for the Colorado School Safety Resource Center and Colorado Safe2Tell, and is the former president of the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officials.
This webinar was designed to help participants:
■Better understand the key elements of comprehensive, all-hazards emergency management planning
■Develop and implement school emergency management plans at both the school building and district level
■Learn how to develop capacity, particularly through a better understanding of how all-hazards plans are developed, implemented and enhanced